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Calvin's four-year pre-physical therapy program will prepare you for entrance into a graduate-level program at a variety of schools. Because admission to physical therapy schools is so competitive, it is is important that you meet with a program advisor as soon as possible before registering for courses. This will ensure that you choose the right courses to prepare for entrance to your preferred program. You will also be advised to gain clinical experience by working with a licensed physical therapist.
Each year, two spots at Central Michigan University's Dow College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program are held for Calvin College students who meet their admissions requirements.
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Students wishing to enter the field of physical therapy (PT) must complete a master's degree (MSPT) or a doctoral degree (DPT) in physical therapy. Beginning in the year-2020, a DPT will be required for entrance into the profession. Students at Calvin can prepare to complete this degree by completing the prerequisite courses for their programs of interest in conjunction with a degree program in any discipline. Students then attend graduate school. Admission to graduate programs in physical therapy is very competitive. Calvin has developed an articulation agreement with the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program at Central Michigan University (CMU). Under this agreement, CMU will guarantee acceptance for up to two Calvin students per year who have met their requirements.
The prerequisite courses depend on the graduate school to which students wish to apply; therefore, students should obtain a list of requirements for each of the graduate schools in which they are interested. Below is a sample list of prerequisite classes for non-biology majors. Students are encouraged to contact an advisor of the pre-physical therapy program, N. Meyer or J. Walton, of the Kinesiology department, (Biology majors can contact A. Wilstermann) before they register for classes. Students must also work or volunteer with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. This can be arranged through the Service-Learning Center at Calvin.
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Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Pre-Physical Therapy as a:
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